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of the Co-operative movement and former Labour spokesman in the House
of Lords, died in hospital at Folkestone, 4 January, 2004, aged 83. He
had been suffering from cancer and heart problems.
He was born John Gallacher, 7 May, 1920, the son of William Gallacher
and Jane Stewart, and was educated at St Patrick's High School,
Dumbarton; Co-Operative College, Loughborough.
Career: Chartered Secretary; President Enfield Highway Co-operative
Society, 1954-68; President, Institute of Meat, 1983-86; Secretary,
International Co-operative Alliance, 1963-67; Parliamentary Secretary,
Co-operative Union, 1974-83; Member of the Select Committee on the
European Communities, 1983-89; Chief opposition spokesman on
agriculture and food, 1989-92. He was elevated to the Lords in 1982 as
a life peer as Baron Gallacher, of Enfield in Greater London. In
Parliament, he spoke out on Europe and farming issues.
Announcing the death, Lord Gallacher's close colleague Lord Graham of
Edmonton said: "He worked for the Co-operative movement all his life.
"He was an expert on agriculture and European affairs. When he came to
the Lords he immediately formed a triple alliance with Lord John
Mackie, a farmer, and the whip Lord Denis Carter. "The three of them
were acknowledged as the most effective frontbench team on agriculture
in the Lords."
He married in 1947, Freda Vivian Chittenden, and he was the father of
a son, Robert.
-- Michael Rhodes
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